Put the Happy Back in Your Holidays: Last-minute holiday shipping deadlines
SPOKANE, Wash. — It’s that time of year – just one week away from Christmas Eve. Delivery companies are working hard to get holiday packages boxed up and into the truck.
Which means customers, like you, might also be scrambling to make shipping deadlines, and trying to make it as cheap as possible. Rule of thumb – the longer you wait, the more you pay. For companies like UPS, FedEx and USPS. The clock is ticking to get your packages to its destination in time for Christmas.
“The faster you want to get it there, the more expensive it’s going to be – so if you’re looking to be cost effective, get it in as soon as you possibly can,” said Jack Gregory, employee at The UPS Store.
Shipping experts have another pro tip.
“Try and get it in as small a box as you can,” Gregory said.
In most cases, the less space your box takes up in the truck, less money you pay.
To avoid a long wait at the cashier, delivery companies, like UPS, always ask what you’re sending in your package – if you don’t know, it’ll waste more of your time at the counter.
“People come in, they try to ship wine. They try to ship things like firearms, parts, and stuff like that. We can’t take those at ups stores, you have to go to a different location in order to legally ship those,” Gregory said.
Shipping experts said preparation is key this time of year.
“A lot of people are coming in saying — shipping is more expensive than buying the present in the first place,” Gregory said.
But if you take care of the bulk of the work at home — you won’t have additional fees at the store.
“If it’s already packed up taped, padded, and everything – it’s going to save you time, it’s going to save you money both,” Gregory said.
If you’re a little paranoid about whether or not your package is going to get to its destination on time, you can always visit your delivery company’s website, and type in the tracking number. There’s a tracking number listed on every package that’s sent out. You can check there to see where it’s at and when it’s going to get its destination.
To reassure yourself even more, you can check with the employee at the counter to get a projected date of delivery to get an idea of when you can expect your gift to get there.
If you wanted to ship via FedEx, ground shipping, it’s too late – that deadline passed at 6 p.m. Monday.
For other companies like UPS, your absolute last chance at shipping something out and having it arrive by Christmas is this Saturday.
Companies like USPS allow you a little more time. The postal service gives you until Thursday for most of its cutoffs. UPS is setting its deadline on Thursday for ground and third-day air shipping.
If you’re really scrambling down to the last minute. The post office is offering priority mail express until Saturday, and UPS has the next day air option available until 4 p.m. Friday.
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